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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Perhaps no country embraces the use of fruit in beers more so than Belgium. Numerous traditional as well as regional specialty ales are infused with every sort of fruit imaginable. In this way, the flavor of the fruit becomes especially prominent. Red Poppy Ale is a veritable celebration of Sour Cherries in an explosion of aromas and tastes. Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months, this beer is not for the faint of heart. The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
Almost perfect balance in flavor and nose from the wood, cherry, barnyard, sourness, malt and residual sugars.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Artistdave (26) - Austin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Dark red color, thin white head real big cherrie aroma, somewhat sweet. Has added dimension of wood cedar and barnyard. Excellent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (1371) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
375 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Clear dark ruby/amber with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Aromas of vinegar, tart dark fruit, lemon, light funk. Tastes of tart dark fruit, vinegar, some funky cheese. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (379) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Pours murky brown/red with blobs of yeast all over the off white, lasting head. Aroma is sour vinegar, cherries, spices, vanilla, oak, and a bit of citrus. Taste is very sour as well with almonds/marzipan, cherries, leather, lots of acidic fruits, and lots of spices. Cinnamon among others. Slight heat in the back of the throat from the strong tartness. Sparkling carbonation and a medium body. Lovely complexity and balance with sour and spicy notes. But it’s not a pretty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2454) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at Cafe Sara, august 15th 2014. Dark red body with a thin white head. Aroma of tart cherries, plum, oak, dough. Taste is flowery with sour cherries, lightly sweetened by vanilla and dark sugar, with a tart wheaty berry finish. Good complexity and very well balanced. Extremely nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (2137) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
13.08.2014, 0,375l bottle shared with kaaz @ Café Sara:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish concentrated fruity, sour red berries, sorrel, mild vinegar, soda powder, oak, grass, alcohol, old cellar. Taste slightly dry sour-ish fruity, berry skin, sorrel, mild vinegar, sour red berries, grass, oak, alcohol. Medium bitterness, slightly dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1393) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
375 ml bottle from tread with Homer321. Thanks buddy! Bottle No. 2 of my Last Night of My 20s tasting. Pours dark reddish brown slightly murky, with a big airy khaki head on top. Aroma of lots of cherries, sour vinegar, oak, some toffee. Flavor is sour cherries, acidic tones, vinegar, and an unexpected wave of chocolatey flavors and vanilla oak tannins. Earthy spicy undertones. Interesting. Medium bodied, feeling a bit heft for only 5%, with lots of carbonation. Very interesting brew, and pretty unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (300) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle ’12 - pours a murky reddish brown w/ white head. Some sour, tart cherries in the nose. Very tart and sour taste with hints of cherries. A little vinegar but still good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle rate though I think we had this on draft at RBWG ’11 too. Pours a hazy brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart cherries, oak, caramel, vinegar, acidic, puckering at times but still easy to drink, I have another bottle at least to try again soon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3646) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy red brown with small off white head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is oak, cherry skin, and funk. Thin mouthfeel with strong tart cherry, oak, caramel and nice sour finish. East to drink, very good.


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